Project appleseed: my daughter's first shoot - the truth about guns
by jay mundy “dad, do we have to go?” samantha, my then 13-year-old daughter asked. “yes.” in sam’s defense, i’d gotten her up at 5. on a saturday at that, to drive to black creek range outside of richmond, virginia for a project appleseed shoot.
it was december 3, 2016. the drive started about 6am and we got there about 8, signed in, dragged a box of stuff to the shooting line, set up a couple of pieces of carpet for shooting mats, and waited and talked with friends who we were meeting there. about 8:30 the instructors called everyone together.
one year later, december 3rd, 2017, and three other appleseed events in between, samantha shot a 224 (out of 250) and earned her rifleman patch (which requires a score of 210 or better). she cleaned three of the four redcoat targets that weekend.
last weekend, the weekend after july 4th, samantha worked as an instructor in training at the appleseed outside of charlottesville. she’s a bit more than halfway through the rather extensive instructor checkout. sam told the story of the third strike of the match, where the british retreat to boston was ringed with a ‘moving circle of fire.’ after the students had all left and just us instructors remained, i brought out the cmp m-1 garand i’d received on july 5th. a very fitting day to have it delivered, we all agreed.
after a couple of rounds to roughly sight in the rifle it was time to share with the other instructors. our senior instructor had a go and got up smiling. so did the shoot boss. then samantha took her turn. boom! big, big grin. boom! ting! from the clip. “i gotta get one of these, dad.” two rounds out of two in the three-hundred-yard target.
Man, i so resonate with this. you are the value. your input. your insight. your perspective. don’t let anyone try to take from you, your value. it is not theirs to take. it’s yours to give freely. #brealized